President Donald Trump has long made it clear that he will not tolerate North Korea’s aggressive behavior.
According to reports, Trump was recently briefed on a list of several options on how to deal with the troublesome Kim Jong Un.
U.S. National Security Adviser HR McMaster said during a speech at the Center for a New American Security conference on Wednesday that options were prepared for Trump because he said he “will not accept a nuclear power in North Korea and a threat that can target the United States and target the American population.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
The options included military action of varying strength and intensity, but the goal of the United States was made clear during a recent Senate exchange between Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Defense Secretary James Mattis, as CNN recounted it.
Graham asked: “Is it the policy of the Trump administration to deny North Korea the capability of building an ICBM that can hit the American homeland with a nuclear weapon on top? Is that the policy?”
Mattis’ answer was clear and direct:
“Yes,” he said.
In McMaster’s speech, it was likely that he was elaborating on that answer.
“The threat is much more immediate now,” he said. “We can’t repeat the same failed approach of the past. The president has directed us to not do that and to prepare a range of options.”
To date, Trump has tried to be reasonable with the North Koreans, but that won’t last forever if the North Koreans continue to act irrationally.
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